14-Year-Old Fortuna Girl Tells County Supervisors She’s Tired of Smelling Pot in Her Home
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To Whom It May Concern,
My name is Jenna Lewis and I currently live…in Fortuna, CA. I am a freshmen at Fortuna high school and I currently play volleyball.
Lately, a pot smell has been surrounding my house. I know that the city of Fortuna and the county of Humboldt know there is a pot garden right across from the residential area I live in, but I don’t think they realize how much it actually affects me, my family, and the families around us. The smell is VERY strong.
My brother and I like to open up our windows, which helps us sleep. Well, now when we open our windows, we get a strong smell of pot into our rooms, which gives us headaches and then we’re not able to sleep as well. My family and I are also very active. We have a basketball hoop outside and a ping pong table in the garage. We also like to play catch with a football, play wiffle ball, and even set up a volleyball net in the backyard and play volleyball. There is also a fire pit in our side yard and we love to roast s’mores in it. However, lately we haven’t been able to go out and do those things because of how bad the smell of the pot has been.
We also really like to have people over, including the Fortuna high football team for their weekly Thursday night dinners. For those dinners the team eats outside because there is not enough room in our house. While they’re outside eating, it is VERY embarrassing to have the smell of pot roaming around as if it was my family with a pot garden.
I realize that the pot industry is very big right now and someone is getting A LOT of money for the garden across from us, but life isn’t all about money. Besides, wouldn’t you rather have a nice, friendly family that does a lot to support the community live here than some pot growers who will just cause more problems?
Aside from my personal views on pot, this is a problem I would like fixed because of the way it is affecting my life and the air that I breathe everyday.
Thank you for your time and for considering my family when you make decisions.
14 years old